The company, which employs around 150 people, began life as an ironmongers in the 1820s, expand during the nineteenth century to incorporate iron and steel warehousing, trading and tinplate production.

Today William King supplies metal products globally, and is an industry leader in the supply of steel strip mill and aluminium products. The company supplies all the major metal consuming sectors, including the automotive, consumer durable, packaging and construction industries.

In 1988 William King formed a joint-venture company, Mi-King Ltd, in the North East of England and subsequently in 2004 Mi-King s.r.o. in the Czech Republic with Mitsui & Co plc, one of the oldest and largest trading companies in Japan.

While the company’s success was traditionally founded on steel, in recent years aluminium has become an important part of its business, especially that connected with automotive Tier 1 stampers and original equipment manufacturers.

William King Director Andrew Worley said: ”We are delighted to join ALFED, and look forward to both deriving benefits from membership and contributing to the sector. Management of the distribution chain for all our products is our core focus, and we believe ALFED and its members can help us achieve continual improvement in the aluminium area.”